How NOT To Be Lonely
Lamentations 1:1-2, 4, 6, 7, Philippians 4:10-14
So, how does a person cope with loneliness? After praying to the Lord and then mediating about this particular subject, He has given me three points to speak from—we are to:
1. Be content in one’s self (you’re the only “you” that you’ve got)
2. Be content in one’s current situation (just like the seasons, it will not last forever)
3. Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good)
This post, we will be covering Point #2: Be content in one’s current situation.
II. Be content in one’s current situation (just like the seasons, it will not last forever)
Now that we’ve learned to love and appreciate ourselves, this next point may be easier to absorb. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:10-14 these words [AMP]:
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. 12 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] 14 Nevertheless, it was right of you to share [with me] in my difficulties.
Paul was going through a difficult time; however, he was letting the persons of Philippi know that even if they had not had managed to get help to him, he would have been all right, because the Lord had taught him how to “be flexible” and how to “work within and be content” within any situation that he was given or found himself in. Likewise, we as Christians have been given “every spiritual blessing in the heavily realms in Christ: (Eph. 1:3), we have, even though sometimes we may not feel like it—everything that we need to get through our present situation, so we need to use what we have—we just need to take the time to think of how to go about doing so, which the enemy does not want us to do. By the way, if God—if we believe that the Bible is true; IF His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23)—He gives a fresh page to start on every day, and IF He already knows everything that is ahead of us (Ps. 139:16), and IF He is not going to give us any more than we can handle (1 Cor. 10:13)—what are we worried about? If God before us, who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)? We’ve got nothing to be worried about—this idea is where the peace of God comes in! Like the seasons—it snowed the other day, right?—sometimes you cannot tell when one season will end and one season will begin, and when two will overlap, but we DO know—that everything is going to be all right! Our situation will not last forever!
Next post, we will be discussing Point #3: Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good).
God bless you, everyone—see you next post! 🙂
Submitted By: Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed., MTS 🙂